|Ask Lois Laurel-Hawes|
Hi Lois how are you ? I hope your feeling better. About that very funny movie your dad had the idea about you know the one about the long steps delivering a piano? Lol'" I use to live off that street silverlake blvd in the late 70's . Are those steps still there today and did your dad and Oliver really go up all of those steps to the very top carrying that heavy piano up to that house so many times ? Lol' And did the piano really slide down all of those steps ? Lol" Such a funny movie , Also do you like the color version ? Take care Lois and a very Happy 2012!
Robert Snyder (Usa White Plains Md)
Hello Lois. I hope you are well! Did you ever visit the sets of Laurel and Hardy and did your dad ever show you around? What was it like? Thank you very much,
Thomas Smit (13)
are you the only child your father had and how about oliver hardy did he have any children and if so are they alive?
india smith (irvington nj)
Where was Laurel & Hardy born and did they ever appear at Southend-on-Sea, UK, as my Grandad seems to think he saw them there! Personally I think he's going senile but we would like to ask.
Since it is almost Christmas, I thought I'd ask if you could recall any of your father or Uncle Babe's favorite Christmas songs or movies(if any)?
Tony Bensley (Canada/North Bay)
hi. i am from the other part of the earth. from old times even our iliterate grandma and grandpa knew laurel & hardy and still at 2011 at festive times the national tv broadcast their old movies and even though they are re-run broadcasts that people have seen them 1000 times, they are still popular and people get in fornt of tv with massive enthusism and watch it for 1001 time. this describes their popularity at this part of the world in 2011.
were stan laurel and oliver hardy aware of their influence on people? i mean did they knew people loved them and they actually were the most popular comedians at the time and even after decades they still are? did they knew that for generation world will not have comedians like them? did they knew people will miss them so much?
hello im alexandra and im only 14 im a big fan of stan laurel and oliver hardy.my question is when you spent time with your farther was funny as in the films or was he serious.and what did activities did you do with.you dont have to tell me if its personal
maria alexandra (england wellingborough)
hello again just one more questions (at least we're not face to face otherwise you would never get rid of me)in the film "a chump at oxford" did they really film there,because if they did i want to go in that place were they got lost ohh i forgot the name anyway.as well as when i was watching sons of the deserts betty says that stanley could'nt swim is that true or not. my last question is in sons of the deserts (just an example) when lottie kept throwing plates at him what equipment did they use because i dont think that was a real plate.it was a pleasure and honor to talk to you. hope you read my letter.Have a merry chrstmas and a happy newyear.
maria alexandra (england wellingborough)
Hello, Lois and a happy birthday to you. I wish you all the very best. As a writer, using my pen name of Christopher Carr, I have been developing some short stories titled, "Who's Got Talent?", for my 12 year old daughter, Kimberley, and, for some inexplicable reason, I included your father in the story. He appears as a magician and illusionist to help Kimberley overcome her lack of confidence and my question is : was he interested in magic? I understand that, when you were about my daughter's age, you appeared in "Swiss Miss". Did you suffer from stage fright, at that time?
John Raynor (Manchester, U.K.)
Hello Lois, how are you?
I think it is wonderful that you are willing to give your time freely to answer questions from the public (just as I understand your father did). I hope and trust it gives you pleasure as well as your correspondents.
Paul Curtis (London/UK)
Did the boys ever venture to Harlem Georgia to visit Babe's home town ? I am aware they traveled to Europe , but was curious if they ever went south , sort a speak ..
Warmest Regards Bruce (USA / Woodbury , NY)
Hi Lois, im 25 and absolutley love the Laurel and Hardy films, im glad that ive looked into the private lives of them, because i never would of realised it was you in Last of the summer wine- that part always tickles me, just wanted to know where abouts you father was born and if you ever visted that place often, lots of love, xx
Faye Machin- Smith (Nottingham/ England)
dear lois what was life like at christmas time with stan what sort of stuff did you get up to
william semple (london england)
Hey Lois what's up? I am 15 years old and I have a few questions about your father Stan Laurel. My favorite comedy of your father's is 'Me and My Pal'. Was he ever good with puzzles? Did he attend Oliver Hardy's funeral? Did he like girls when he was in high school? I also loved 'Sons of the Desert'. Was the wax fruit that Stan ate really made of wax?
Sincerely, James Romero (USA/Valencia, California)
hiya again i had an idea what was stan and ollies favorite food and actress and that time xx thanks (again please reply if possible)
melissa mcmunn (scotland)
I'm a 21 year old aspiring comedian and a big fan of Laurel and Hardy. I know Dick Van Dyke and Jerry Lewis were both big fans and got to meet and talk with Stan. Do you know any advice he gave them?
I cannot tell you how many hours of enjoyment they brought me as i was growing up. i have heard when mr. hardy was ill in bed, they were able to speak with signs they had developed thru years of working together. could you explain? i still enjoy them. thank you.
Don Hiltbrunner (Kent.Wa.)
i wish you the best in the world,i still admire your father and mr Hardy and i wanna tell you that they should never died,they should live forever.Nobody ever is gonna be the same again,im so sad becouse they dont live anymore,i will always love them!!!Tell me please did you ever act with them in a movie??? And is true that Oliver never had any children??I expect news from you.With all my love for you,Monica. Hi Lois..I read that Jean Harlow and Paul Bern were good friends with both your father and Charlie Chaplin in which they would interact together in various settings...
monica ardelean (Romania,Zalau)
It is a honour and a pleasure to have the oppurtunity to write to you!
Sam (United Kingdom )
Hi Lois, it's amazing to be (hopefully) speaking to you. I have meant to write direct to you for some time, but after noticing the comments on here about how much you receive at home, hope this avenue might be more successful and a little more polite.
IT IS AN HONOR TO BE WRITING YOU, LOIS.
EDDIE DEEZEN (USA)
Tom (USA Chicago)
"No, Rand was raised on a farm, and always loved western ranch life."
LUIZ CARLOS SABONARO (BRASIL)
Elena (Italy, Milan)
Gary Feilich (Fort Lauderdale, Florida)
Lenny Kohl (CHICAGO, USA)
Randy, Lisa and Nathaniel (Green Bay, USA)
Dear Lois, Hope you are well, can you please tell me if there is any of your fathers relatives still living in the UK?
what was the hat made out of that was eaten by laurel in way out west?
Steve (New Zealand, Auckland)
Paul Gilmour (Glasgow, Scotland, UK)
I am a big fan of your father's work... many hours of my childhood were spent in laughter because of him!
Was Hall Roach fair with Laurel and Hardy? (sorry my poor english).
LUIZ CARLOS SABONARO (BRASIL)
was your father and mr. hardy real good friends with charlie hall and james finlayson?
james turner (united states/ kansas)
"No, not true. Babe was at home when he died. My father had not seen him in several weeks. After Babe lapsed into a coma, Lucille told my father, 'Don't come over to see him; it'll tear your heart apart.'"
were laurel & hardy and the three stooges friends?
LUIZ CARLOS SABONARO (BRASIL)
"Not particularly, no. They knew each other. I don't think my father was particularly fond of their stye of comedy, or the fact that they used some of the Laurel & Hardy story material."
Paulet Sharen (Los Angeles, CA)
Big fan of your Dad. Is there any props from your Dad's movies that you were able to keep and if so is there one more special than the others?
A. J. Colpitts (Fredericton NB Canada)
Dear Lois hope you are well I am a big fan of your father and mr hardy .so much that me and a friend are getting together to start a laurel & hardy tribute act me as ollie is there any tips you can give.
Alan Chapman (England Essex)
David Sheppard (England)
Nick Pulone (Fullerton, Ca. USA)
You were kind enough to answer two of my questions previously. I would like to ask two more, please.
Myrna Davis (Granada Hills, CA/USA)
Nearly 100 years old and they still make my wife and I laugh. We have just introduced my 6 year old son Max and 4 year old Luca and 2 year old Ollie to the wonders of great comedy, they are absolutely hooked and doubled over with laughter, this is just really to say a great thank you to the happiness Stan and Ollie have brought the world and the influence they have had on comedy.....boiled eggs and nuts!
The Marsh Family
howard (USA, Las Vegas)
"No, Hardy was never seriously injured. My father's hobbies included fishing, organic gardening, and he liked playing poker with his pals."
Joe Mancini (USA, Secaucus,NJ)
Roz Tyner-Gentry (england, great britain)
NIKOS GEORGAS (ATHENS GREECE)
Alicia Harrs (Stanardsville, VA)
Stan Laurel's daughter, Lois Laurel-Hawes, with her granddaughter and twin great-grandchildren (left to right) Lucy, Cassidy and Tommy Cook. They are fraternal, not identical twins.
Aside from the wonderful laughter Stan and Ollie brought to us, there was historical significance to their films. I grew up in West L.A. and now live in the San Fernando Valley. Watching those old films gives me a glimpse into how things looked back then. So many vacant lots with scattered homes. L.A. is so crowded these days and the transformation so obvious, even in Culver City. Two questions: Did your father and Ollie even realize that their films would one day be looked at as historical archives of Los Angeles? Did your father ever mention that in the later years?
I was lucky to have met your father twice in his Santa Monica apartment in 1963. I was 20 and a huge fan. Those were two events in my life that I will never forget. He was so kind and smiled the whole time. I can't believe how many young people aren't even aware of Laurel & Hardy now. So sad. They were a big part of America's history and culture. I always said I raised Laurel & Hardy as my two sons are built so differently - one was in huskies and one in slims. My question is: Have you written a book about your father and Babe, or are you planning to do so? The fans would love to read more about "the boys." Thank you.
Myrna Davis (Granada Hills, CA / USA)
Dear Lois, Back in the day did you get to make friends with many of the children of the stars of the day? And whom might some of them be? Also was there any of the old stars of your dads era that you remember meeting that relly made an impression that you were meeting someone of importance? Whom might they be? My first L & H film viewing was in 1971. I was 10. They where moving a piano to the second floor. Was that FUNNY! You are a living legend. Thank you,
Jerry (USA, Cheney,Washington)
I just wanted to say thank you if I can to your Dad and Mr Hardy for all the wonderful films and the entertainment.I have the complete box set and have been a fan for as long as I can remember.I live near Morecambe in Lancashire (home to another half of a great double act Eric Morecambe) and across the Bay from the town where your Dad was born which I have visited on occasions.Both places have wonderful statues to honour these great entertainers.I do believe your Dad may have visited Morecambe at some stage to go to the the theatre in the town which still stands (even though empty).
NEIL H BARTON (England)
Best wishes to you
Alicia Harris (Stanardsville, VA)
My father, Harry G. Bogison, introduced Lois to my wife, Lorraine and I in Reno, Nevada in 1978. We had the priviledge of talking with her for quite some time and enjoyed her company very much. She related a story about her father when she was a young girl, reminding her "that money doesn't grow on trees." Lorraine and I wish her a Happy and of course healthy New Year.
Robert Bogison (Bozeman, Montana)
My wife is a huge fan all her life. For Christmas, my daughter painted a beautiful black oil on white canvas picture of "Laurel and Hardy"...its beautiful. I would love to get you a copy it. I know you live nearby in Northridge. Where can I send it? OR if possible, I would love to have my wife and daughter come by and personally present it to you. Looking forward to hearing from you....Thanks!
Barry Lubin (USA - Agoura Hills)
what was the first reaction of laurel after hearing the news about hardy's death?
bhuwnesh joshi (india/nagpur)
Taylor (Los Angeles originally but now Liverpool UK)
The boys have always had a special place in my heart. I am a comedic actor and a stand up comic. Your father and Oliver Hardy gave me so much joy and laughter over the years. They still live in my heart.
Marc Turner (Los Angeles , California. USA)